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Our Warrior, Our Friend, Our Hero who helped inspire us to help others.  Enjoy~

On December 3, 2007, at age 29, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was a moment that I will never forget. I was in shock, and so incredibly scared. I was scared that my three little boys, ages 6, 3, and 14 months old, would grow up without me….that they would have no recollection of me as they became older. Not only did it break my heart to think of my boys missing their mommy, but it also gave me the determination to fight with everything I had in me to beat this cancer. It gave me a desire and the determination to be an example to my children during, quite possibly, the greatest trial of my life…and of my faith. I wanted them to know, that even when life doesn’t seem fair and when we are faced with difficult times, there is always something to be grateful for and something to be learned.

Pride was one thing that was probably the hardest thing for me to let go of. I did not want to accept help from anyone outside of my immediate family. After fighting those feelings for a couple of months, I finally realized that I needed to allow these friends and neighbors the opportunity to provide service to our family. They wanted to feel like they were helping, and I could not continue to deny them that opportunity. When I came to that realization, I was overcome with an even more profound love for each one of those people!

I was blessed to be surrounded by an incredible support system that truly made my cancer journey more bearable. We laughed together, cried together, and they were there from the beginning, cheering me on. What is truly an important message that I want to share, is that some of those key cheerleaders are actually the ones who are behind the Impact One organization! I  LOVE these ladies with all of my heart, and my family and I will be forever grateful for their love and support to us during that time.  It is sad to me to think of anyone going through something this devastating alone, but how inspiring it is to know that Impact One is now able to help make a difference in so many other women’s lives through their organization!

This month, I will turn 38 years old, and will be over 8 years cancer free! My body will never be the same since going through surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments….but, I am a survivor…and my boys have their mommy. My husband and I were blessed with two more baby boys after my cancer. Pregnancy was something I had hoped for, but I feared it would never happen again. Miracles do still happen! Never lose HOPE. Thank you, Impact One, for continuing to give HOPE to so many whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Charlene Holbrook

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